If Newcastle had managed to get i na top striker on the final day of the window, the transfer season would have been a good one.
But the fact that Newcastle went after four or five top strikers and were unable to close a deal, puts a bit of a damper on things.
We don’t know if it’s still possible to sign Frederico Macheda from Manchester United on loan, but if it is, we should get the youngster in, and things will seem a lot better.
I have listed the ins and out at the club, but overall six players left the club and two were sent out on season long loan deals, and the club brought in seven players.
This is accurate as of the close of the transfer window at 11:00 pm Newcastle time.
PLAYERS OUT Player To Fee Wages/week Age Sol Campbell EOC 45K 36 Shefki Kuqi EOC 10K 33 Kevin Nolan West Ham £4.5M 60K 28 Wayne Routledge Swansea £2.0M 15K 26 Jose Enrique Liverpool £6.0M 45K 25 Joey Barton QPR 0 65K 28 Average 39K 30 EOC - end of contract Season Long Loan Moves - Out Xisco - Deportivo Fraser Forster - Celtic
PLAYERS IN Player From Fee Wages/week Age Yohan Cabaye Lille £4.5M 35K 25 Mehdi Abeid Lens 0 8K 18 Demba Ba West Ham 0 30K 26 Sylvain Marveaux Rennes 0 20K 25 Gabriel Obertan Man United £3M 20K 22 Davide Santon Inter-Milan £5M 20K 20 Rob Elliot Charlton £0.3M 10K 25 Average 20.4K 23
As far as transfers fees, the transfer fees paid out for 7 players coming in were about £12.8M, and the transfer fees coming in for six players leaving the club were about £12.5, almost a wash.
What the ins and outs at the club shows is that Newcastle have a younger squad, although it is less experienced, after losing Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, and the wage bill has been reduced, but of course the wages of the players are only best estimates.
The average age of the six players leaving the club was 30 and the average age of the seven players coming in was 23.
The estimated average wage of players leaving was £39K/week and the average wage of players coming in was just over £20K/week.
There’s nothing wrong with reducing the wage bill, because that will cut the costs, and hopefully help to increase the profits.
And in a year or two we would hope the club will be making a decent profit and then reinvest those profits back into the club.
That’s what we’d like to see happen, but what will happen we have absolutely no idea.
As I said earlier, if only we could have signed a top top striker, things would have looked so much better, but we also got some very good players in at low cost.